There are so many positive outcomes when children are encouraged to walk to school. Walking to school helps kids reap physical and psychological benefits.
Physical activity helps control weight, reduces blood pressure, raises good cholesterol, and reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some kinds of cancer.
Walking improves well-being and increases self-confidence and self-esteem.
If you and your children walk to school, you'll see how children learn from experience when adults model and teach good pedestrian safety skills.
The environment around schools and in nearby neighborhoods is cleaner when there is less traffic congestion.
Kids who become less conditioned to jumping in the car to be driven to school every morning will start to consider walking as a means of getting to other destinations.
International Walk to School Day illustrates the simple joy of walking to school, but also changes community culture by:
- demonstrating how walking reduces traffic congestion around schools
- creating connections among community, elected officials, and school administrators to identify areas in neighborhoods needing traffic safety improvements (more sidewalks and trails, safer street crossings, street lighting, signs and pavement markings)
- raising driver awareness for young pedestrians
- serving as a catalyst for on-going efforts to increase walking (and biking) to school